Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"A batsuited Cincinnatus"

Ross Douthat, a conservative, finds a conservative message in the Nolans' Batman films — a conservative message that is, not a fascist or an Objectivist one. From "The Politics of 'The Dark Knight Rises'":
.... Across the entire trilogy, what separates Bruce Wayne from his mentors in the League of Shadows isn’t a belief in Gotham’s goodness; it’s a belief that a compromised order can still be worth defending, and that darker things than corruption and inequality will follow from putting that order to the torch. This is a conservative message, but not a triumphalist, chest-thumping, rah-rah-capitalism one: It reflects a “quiet toryism” (to borrow from John Podhoretz’s review) rather than a noisy Americanism, and it owes much more to Edmund Burke than to Sean Hannity. .... [more]
The Politics of "The Dark Knight Rises" - NYTimes.com